- The Gettysburg Address
"Four score and seven years ago..."
"I have a dream ... children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -Martin Luther King, Jr. - 8/28/63
It'll probably take a week or two for it to really sink in, for the cloud of dust to settle from the Obama bomb blast.
It'll probably take that long for things to dry out, for the waters to recede after the Obama Tsunami.
To many the election process was a matter of black and white. I seriously doubt that those miscreants who voted for either black or white made any real difference in the final outcome, but I didn't expect to be confronted by one in that number.
I certainly didn't expect it at 8:30 this morning while I was hauling the trash to the sidewalk. One of the men working on the truck - he walks behind the truck and tosses the trash into the back into the compacter department - called out to me.
"Hey, whitey! Look who's runnin' the country now! We's the lawn mower and your white asses are grass!" He raised his fist to the sky and laughed loudly. I stood there and watched the truck disappear around the corner.
The man's co-workers, the driver and the other "bag-tosser" were both white. I wonder how they felt about his behavior and inappropriate snipes. I suppose like me they didn't want to get confrontational and certainly didn't want to trade racial slurs.
I'm hoping this was an isolated incident and that there aren't widespread occurrences of that man's attitude elsewhere. Things like this don't end racism, they perpetuate it.
I know he was only elected yesterday, but he will be watched like a speciman on a slide under a microscope. And lurking in the shadows behind him ...
Let's give the man a chance!